|Name||Ormskirk Church of England Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||30 October 2019|
|Address||Greetby Hill, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 2DP|
|Religious Character||Church of England|
|Number of Pupils||392 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||9.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||8.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||7.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Ormskirk Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school.
What is it like to attend this school?
Pupils say they love being in school. They are happy, feel safe and become enthusiastic learners. The school provides a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment. Skilled teachers make learning fun and interesting. Parents and carers are extremely pleased with all aspects of the school. They value the ‘caring attitudes’ of staff and say that, ’Leaders are always thinking about innovative ways to enhance the learning and experiences of children.’
The school welcomes all and is very friendly. Staff value pupils’ individuality and talents. They inspire all pupils to aim high and achieve well academically, physically and personally. Pupils grow in confidence and learn useful social and leadership skills. They are proud of their physical achievement, particularly their swimming. Pupils start learning to swim in the Reception class in the school’s own pool.
Pupils behave well in lessons. They are keen to share their ideas and answer questions. They take care with their written work and are proud of their achievements. Pupils are polite and considerate around the school. They play together sociably in the school’s wonderful outdoor areas. Pupils are not aware of any bullying in school, and they are confident that it would be dealt with fairly if it did happen.
What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?
The headteacher provides high-quality leadership. He has built morale among staff and is leading improvements successfully. He is supported by a capable senior leadership team and knowledgeable subject leaders. Governors are well informed and support and challenge leaders effectively. Leaders and governors know the school’s strengths and weaknesses in depth. They have improved the school since the last inspection and have the knowledge and skills to sustain further improvement.
Senior leaders are extremely well thought of by staff, pupils and parents. Staff say they feel trusted and valued. Parents say, for example, that, ‘The headteacher has madeambitious and positive changes’ and ‘leaders are always approachable.’ Parents find staff ‘caring and understanding’ and ‘passionate about teaching’.
The school’s curriculum is broad and stimulating. It develops pupils’ personal skills and promotes their achievement in all subjects. Pupils discuss moral issues and are respectful of diverse cultures and faiths. Pupils’ learning is enriched through a range of interesting activities and workshops, day trips and residential visits. Pupils enjoy a wide range of after-school clubs.
Subject leaders know their subjects well and lead improvements enthusiastically. Teachers follow the curriculum plans closely. They build on pupils’ knowledge and skills systematically over time. Teachers and teaching assistants work together effectively to share ideas and resources.
Children play happily and enjoy learning in the early years. The nursery provision gives children a good start. Children go on to make strong progress in the Reception classes, in all areas of learning. They are motivated by stimulating and well-planned activities indoors and outside.
Early reading and phonics are taught well in the early years and key stage 1. Pupils’ achievement in the phonics screening check has improved and is now above average. The majority of pupils read a range of good-quality books fluently. Their achievement in national reading tests is broadly average at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. However, there are a few pupils at the early stages of reading who have reading books that are too difficult for them. This hinders their progress. A love of reading is promoted across the school. Pupils enjoy ‘big read’ sessions where they can read books of their choice each day.
Leaders have changed the approach to teaching mathematics. The changes are popular with staff and pupils typically say mathematics is now their ‘favourite subject after swimming’. Pupils are making stronger progress in mathematics than they have previously. They enjoy solving problems using their mathematical knowledge and skills. However, some pupils cannot recall important mathematical facts automatically and/or apply mathematical methods that are appropriate for their age fluently.
History is another popular subject with pupils. They say that, ‘Teachers explain things really well and we have lots of exciting activities.’ The history curriculum is planned carefully to reflect the national curriculum and to make the most of the local environment. Pupils can talk in depth about their learning in history.
The support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and medical needs is a strength. Pupils’ needs are catered for extremely well, and these pupils are included in all activities. Pupils with SEND make strong progress in their learning and personal development. This provision is valued highly by parents. They say, for example, that ‘Staff have high expectations and care for children whatever their special needs.’
The school provides pupils with positive experiences that go beyond the national curriculum. Pupils leave the school as confident individuals who love learning and achievewell.
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.
All staff and governors have completed safeguarding training relevant to their role. They are well informed about risks to pupils’ safety and well-being. They know what to do if they have any concerns. School records relating to safeguarding and behaviour are extremely thorough and well organised. Leaders take effective action to minimise risks to pupils. Safeguarding policies and checks on staff meet requirements and take account of government guidelines. Safeguarding of vulnerable pupils and pupils with SEND is a strength in the school.
What does the school need to do to improve?
(Information for the school and appropriate authority)
Phonics is taught well. The vast majority of pupils develop effective reading skills in the early years and in key stage 1. They read a range of interesting books. However, a minority of pupils who are at the early stages of learning phonics are given reading books that are too difficult for them. Leaders should make sure that pupils at the early stage of reading have books that match the sounds that they know. . The school’s new approach to teaching mathematics is having a positive impact. Pupils are enjoying lessons and particularly like the focus on reasoning and solving problems. However, some pupils are not yet fluent with key mathematical facts and methods when solving problems. Leaders should continue to support teachers to develop pupils’ ability to recall mathematical facts automatically and to apply mathematical methods that are appropriate for their age fluently.
When we have judged a school to be good we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. This is called a section 8 inspection of a good school or non-exempt outstanding school. We do not give graded judgements on a section 8 inspection. However, if we find some evidence that the school could now be better than good or that standards may be declining, then the next inspection will be a section 5 inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will convert the section 8 inspection to a section 5 inspection immediately.
This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged Ormskirk Church of England Primary School to be good on 7–8 January 2015.